Do You Know How Much Your State Spends On Fishing?
By: Joseph Simonds on February 14, 2019
I don’t think I need any more reasons to love fishing more than I already do (I mean, I quit my job and sold everything I had to start a fishing company…), but after seeing the insane economic benefits anglers bring to the American economy, I think I might have another reason.
According to research gathered by the American Sportfishing Association and Southwick Associates, anglers support 802,000 jobs and produce $125 billion (that’s billion, with a B!) in economic output by going fishing.
Also, anglers contributed $1.6 billion (again with a B) to conservation efforts.
You can see the full results of the research in the state breakdown here, and the congressional district breakdown here, but for your enjoyment and convenience, we posted some interesting stats below.
Top 3 Fishing States By Money Spent, Population Of Anglers, Jobs Supported And Economic Output
Most money spent on fishing:
#1: Florida, $4.2B
#2: Texas, $4.1B
#3: California, $2.9B
Highest population of anglers:
#1: Florida, 4.1M
#2: Texas, 4.09M
#3: Michigan, 2.7M
Most jobs supported:
#1: Florida, 54,785 jobs
#2: Texas, 46,593 jobs
#3: California, 37,001 jobs
Most economic output:
#1: Texas, $6.9B
#2: Florida, $6.8B
#3: California, $5.2B
Download The Full Breakdown
Now you may be wondering, why did they create this awesome report?
To help educate members of our Congress!
Here’s a quote from the ASA’s Government Affairs VP, Mike Leonard:
“For members of Congress, identifying jobs and the economic impact in their districts is always a prime concern. By identifying recreational fishing’s economic impact at the Congressional district level, we can clearly show members of Congress that recreational fishing in their district or state is a tremendous economic driver and job creator.”
The ASA did an awesome thing here by taking these numbers and breaking them down into easy-to-digest infographics for our members of Congress.
You can’t make it any easier for them to understand the importance of fishing in their district.
In addition to our genuine love of fishing, this is why we do what we do.
We teach people how to catch more fish (and enjoy fishing more) so they can keep fueling this monstrous job and money producing machine for our country.
Without fishing, 802,000 people would be out there looking for jobs.
(Likely more boring jobs…)
And without fishing, conservation agencies would be short $1.6B.
It’s our responsibility as anglers to keep this machine going for the good of our country.
So the next time your wife asks why you fish so much, tell her it’s because you’re an American and you’re supporting the economy.
How does your state stack up?
Are you surprised at these numbers?
Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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